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Spider silk made by photosynthetic bacteria

Scientists report that they succeeded in producing the spider silk using photosynthetic bacteria. This study could open a new era in which photosynthetic bio-factories stably output the bulk of spider silk.

Jul 6th, 2020

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Evergreen idea turns biomass DNA into degradable materials

Scientists are turning DNA from organic matter - such as onions, fish and algae - into biodegradable gels and plastics. The resulting materials could be used to create everyday plastic objects, unusually strong adhesives, multifunctional composites and more effective methods for drug delivery, without harming the environment the way petrochemical-based materials do.

Jun 19th, 2020

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Researchers track how bacteria purge toxic metals

Scientists combined genetic engineering, single-molecule tracking and protein quantitation to get a closer look at this mechanism and understand how it functions. The knowledge could lead to the development of more effective antibacterial treatments.

May 29th, 2020

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Metal collector made of bacteria

Bacteria, fungi and plants sometimes produce metal-binding substances that can be harnessed, for example for the extraction of raw materials, for their separation, for cleaning soils or for medical purposes.

May 26th, 2020

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